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Oxford Castle & Prison explores the 1000-years of Oxford's History. Led by one of our costumed characters, the rich history of the castle with a prison at its heart will be revealed to you. Climb St. George's Tower and take in the stunning views...more
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46 Oxford Castle New Road | Oxford Castle Quarter, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
+44 1865 260666
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed January 2, 2015

My wife, mother in law and I always try to get out and see something on New Year's Day to break the post Christmas blues. Normally we tend to go for a stately home and walk, but this year could not find anything of that...More

5  Thank novice_traveller2014
Unlocked, General Manager at Oxford Castle & Prison, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2015

It is very gracious of you to add to your wife's comments. We really love getting these reviews and hearing what people thought of the attraction. We're aiming to climb back up the TripAdvisor ladder this year and we are putting a great deal of...More

Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed May 3, 2009

We visited Oxford castle recently, when visiting the area. Neither of us had been before, but after seeing the 'Oxford Castle - Unlocked' leaflets, we were keen to give it a go. We were impressed by the shop, and the fact that the employees there...More

8  Thank lpaterson
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All reviews guided tour period costume malmaison hotel great tour worth a visit spiral staircase worth the climb interesting visit interesting history great visit come alive couple of hours mound dolls tower character matilda
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Reviewed yesterday

We arrived just in time to join a tour – very fortuitous – Oliver treated us to an hour long description of the Castle from 1071 to 1996 during which time it was a castle for Matilda – an early centre of learning – a...More

Thank PeteD60
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

After visiting a separate exhibition in Oxford I decided to visit the Castle. The staff were extremely welcoming and knowledgeable. The prison guard who hosted the tour, sorry can't remember his name, but it was the 2pm tour today was brilliant and was able to...More

Thank Middleageddaytripper
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Day visit to the Castle, Robin our guide was very knowledgeable & with added humour, the Castle & Prison had lots of history, even managed the 100 steps to the tower, thoroughly enjoyed

Thank Sarah E
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We didn’t intend to visit the castle but it was well worth it. We travelled with our 6month old son in his push chair. My dad stayed downstairs with him and watched an informational film while we climbed the tower. We were able to park...More

Thank AlySpra
Reviewed 4 days ago

First time visiting Oxford Castle & Prison and Oxford in general. The tour guide was excellent and provided us with all the information, plus extra, about the history of the prison. Currently working in a prison, it's fascinating to see the difficulties and differences to...More

Thank Francesca D
Reviewed 4 days ago

The tour guide was brilliant! He really brought the history to life and explained in great detail what life was like in the prison. Highly recommended for adults and children but small children cannot gain access to the tower.

Thank 26andy2018
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

History , information, by Marcus our tour guide . A must visit if you are visiting oxford . Going up the tower is bit difficult and I believe a disabled person wouldn’t have access to go all the way up , so check before you...More

Thank chrism471
Reviewed 5 days ago

A guided tour, lots of information and well worth the entrance money. Thanks to Alistair for your great informative, historical story. Lots of stairs & a head for heights needed for the full tour but plenty to see and lots of information available if that...More

Thank Carol W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

2 day visit to Oxford fitting in as many sights as possible,booked early and had choise of tours which I would advise as they filled up quick.Tour was excellent as was the quide,great views from tower and the information/history of the place and area first...More

Thank Paula E
Reviewed 5 days ago

I've lived in Oxfordshire for many years but other than walking around the castle/prison area, I've never thought to venture inside for the tour. But as the old scenario goes, when you have visitors from out of town one tends to do the tourist thing....More

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October 26, 2018|
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Response from Unlocked | Property representative |
Hello there! If you want to visit us at a specific time, we would highly recommend booking in advance. Otherwise, if you're relaxed on which timed tour you go on, then we would say just turn up on the day and book that way... More
November 17, 2016|
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Response from Michelle G | Reviewed this property |
There were about three children under 5 on the tour I went on and the guide made it entertaining for them, so I'm sure your children will enjoy it!
October 3, 2016|
Response from neetylou |
according to the web site yes